Rajyashri Goody is from Pune, India, and her art practice is informed by her academic background in sociology and visual anthropology, as well as her Dalit roots. Dalit people have been treated as untouchable and impure for thousands of years, and many are still denied basic rights to land, food, water, and literacy. Goody is interested in how the caste system has been challenged by her family and larger community, and the cultivation of self-respect, confidence, and dignity as a personal and collective practice. Her work highlights how Dalit identity is being reclaimed and reinvented today through acts of everyday resistance, such as going to school, drinking water from public wells, falling in love, sharing a meal, rejecting Hinduism, and converting to other religions.
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